Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne

Alexei is a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne, based in the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. He is the Future Cities research coordinator at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, and acts as a scientific advisor to the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) in the Pacific.

His current research is focused on Honiara, Solomon Islands and Port Vila, Vanuatu, where he has been developing urban resilience and climate adaptation plans for the two cities as part of CCCI’s Pacific program. His PhD examines the interaction between climate resilient development initiatives and informal households in the two rapidly growing cities.

Alexei formerly worked at RMIT University's Global Cities Research Institute, managing research projects focused on Climate Change Adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region. Other aspects of his research have focused on development of climate risk assessment methodologies, urban green infrastructure, adaptation toolkit development for port authorities and operators, and an assessment of RMIT's institutional climate risks.


  • 2017–present
    Future Cities Coordinator, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute,, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–present
    PhD Candidate, Australian-German Climate Energy College, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2016
    Research Associate, Climate Change Adaptation Program, RMIT University
  • 2011–2012
    Policy Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Sustainability and the Environment


  • 2010 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) (Honours)